Grower associations from around the world met in Stresa, Italy last month for the 67th Annual Congress of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) sponsored by Dashun International Flower Co.
Members and guests heard presentations on the Italian ornamental horticulture industry and welcomed into membership the Italian Nursery Exporters Association (ANVE).
The AIPH Green City Committee heard reports from members regarding Green City initiatives in their own countries, and the AIPH Environment & Plant Health Committee discussed approaches to managing plant health threats. Delegates also heard from Nursery Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) and Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR).
Members shared thoughts on the future of the industry and enjoyed tours to the World Expo in Milan, as well as horticultural visits to Isola Bella, Villa Taranto, Campagnia Del Lago Maggiore, Minorpio Horticultural School and Vivai Nord Nursery.
Commenting after the congress, AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said: ?This was a really great congress. Members all went away with so much to take back to the horticultural industries in their own countries. This is becoming an extremely valuable network for the industry worldwide and enjoying great Italian hospitality was an added benefit and we are grateful to Dashun International Flowers from China for their sponsorship support. Members are already looking forward to the next meeting in Vancouver in March 2016.?